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  • Principal:
  • Mr D Donaldson
  • B.Ed., M.Ed., P.Q.H.

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Mrs J McQuoid (Head of Department)
Mrs A Alexander
Mr C McLaren
Mrs S Woods-McAdam

'Those who don't know History are destined to repeat it.' (Edmund Burke)

History gives pupils an understanding and appreciation of the events and people who have shaped the past and the world we live in. It empowers pupils to become thinking citizens of the 21 st century by learning to defend their views whilst listening and responding to opposing ideas. It enables pupils to become good communicators, to develop skills which are necessary to achieve their potential and will be of practical use beyond the History classroom. Our objective is to bring the past to life and capture the interest of all who study History in a new and exciting way.

History opens so many career paths including Accountant, Architect, Banker, Barrister, Civil Servant, Clerk … and that is only up to 'C'

The teaching staff in the History Department are fully committed to the extra curricular life of Cullybackey College. The Department offers pupils the opportunity to develop their understanding of areas of study by organising local educational visits and an annual residential to Europe. Destinations to date have included Auschwitz Poland, Anne Frank Amsterdam, WW1 Battlefields in France and Berlin. We also strive to maintain cross community links with St Mary's College, Clady thus developing aspects of citizenship and allowing exchange and experience of other cultural values.

Areas of Study:

Year 8

  • What is History?
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Life in medieval society
  • Medicine through time

Year 8 pupils will have the opportunity to visit Carrickfergus Castle as part of their studies.

Year 9

  • The Reformation
  • Henry VIII
  • The Plantations of Ireland
  • King William and the Battle of the Boyne
  • The American West

Year 9 pupils will have the opportunity to visit the historic Londonderry Walls, the Tower Museum and complete a case study of the Siege of Londonderry.

Year 10

  • 20th Century study and project
  • Titanic
  • Holocaust
  • Black Civil Rights
  • The Partition of Ireland
  • The Northern Ireland Conflict

Year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Titanic Visitors Museum in Belfast and also complete a teacher led mural and historical tour of Belfast.

Year 11 and 12 (GCSE)

Year 11

We follow the CCEA History specification.
In Year 11 pupils study:

  • Hitler's Germany 1918 -1945
  • Peace, War and Neutrality – Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1921 - 1945

Students sit a modular exam on both units at the end of Year 11 which makes up 50% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Pupils will visit Stormont as part of their Year 11 studies.

Year 12

In Year 12 pupils complete the Controlled Assessment Task on 'The Vietnam War'. This piece of work is worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade. The final unit is also worth 25% and consists of:

  • The Cold War 1945 - 1992

Pupils will sit the exam on this unit at the end of Year 12.

GCSE pupils will also have the opportunity to take part in a European study.

Year 13 and 14 (AS & A2 Level)

We follow the CCEA History specification. At the end of AS pupils will have completed 50% of the overall qualification. The second 50% will be completed in the A2 element.

At AS we study the following topics:

  • Germany 1918 – 1945
  • Ireland : Challenge and Crisis 1821 - 1867

At A2 level we study:

  • Unionism and Nationalism 1800 – 1900
  • The Partition of Ireland 1900 – 1925

Students also participate in a historical trip to Dublin where they further advance their knowledge and understanding of their A2 Level studies.